NPPD works to protect community

“That’s what we’re here for, 24/7,” Officer Elder
Published: Nov. 12, 2020 at 5:39 PM CST
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) -The North Platte Police Department investigates crimes every day. It is shocking to see news of a shooting and a stabbing in North Platte just days apart.

And while the police department admits it is seeing a higher number of criminal incidents over the past few weeks, officers believe the community is still a safe one.

“I think it’s an unfortunate part of the world we live in today that crime is going to happen and we are going to do our best to stop it,” said North Platte Police Department Public Information Officer Matt Elder.

The NPPD officer Elder did not say if the increase in criminal activities was connected to a specific reason, such as the pandemic or drug use. He did agree crime has risen from 2019.

“A lot of the violent incidents we have had recently have been isolated incidents the victims and suspects have known each other,” said Officer Elder. “They are not random acts of violence.”

In the last week, the North Platte Police Department responded to two separate incidents in the community. First, a shooting involving a 33-year-old man who is recovering from that crime, and a fatal stabbing in a residential area, resulting in the death of a 20-year old man.

“Trust the police department,” said Officer Elder. A teenaged girl is jailed for the stabbing, and one man is in custody for the shooting. Both crimes were isolated, and not random acts of violence against strangers.

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